Summary: If your planning on purchasing a video card and have no need for the integrated vga graphics card, please buy the 965P-DS3 instead of the 965G-DS3. The P does not have integrated graphics, which is what seems to cause the ram problems.
Pros: Solid board, easy to get things in place, hard to break it
Cons: The integrated video causes ram issues with many different ram brands. I was only able to ever get it to boot with Corsair XMS 2 5-5-5-12 ram (i tried other corsair xms2 with dif speeds and gskill, just gave memory error beeps on boot).
Summary: At the time I test the board, I don't have a PCIE video card. Onboard video definitely put a limit on the OC ability. Many times, the crash begin with a random color splash on the screen. If you want a quiet Home server machine, 965G might be your choice.
Pros: Looks nice. Easy to install. Easytune makes causal OC easier.
Cons: It's NOT FOR OVER CLOCKING!!! Very limited Bios options. Although you can adjust the volt on CPU, RAM,etc. There is no option to change the Memory CAS setting. Well, so if you got rams which could run on 4-4-4-4-12, it would be run on 5-5-5-5 18.
Summary: I bought this mobo when I was building a computer for my brother in law's recording studio. I decided to go with this model cause he didn't need anything too visual so the integrated chip would be perfect.
Pros: Everything worked and still does. Works great in a reverse mounting case, with the 120mm fans in front and back.
Cons: I read about the 965P and heard from many sources it was to be the best OC'ing chipset out there. I figured smae for the 965G but I was wrong. Gigabyte puts a limit on how fast this mobo can be clocked. The BIOS lets you change FSB to as high as possible but the computer won't boot. I only got aw...
Summary: I think I might be replacing this board soon with a different model.
Pros: Worked great for the first 6 months.
Cons: After owning this board for 6 months and running Raid0, the Raid controller refuses to identify one of the hard drives. I tried swapping HDD's but it made no difference. I was able to hook up both HDD's to the standard SATA ports without a problem, but had to reformat. Minor inconvenience to re-i...
Pros: Easy setup. Clean layout. Only issues see the cons. Working fine so far.
Cons: Raid setup wasn't clear and I had to call Gigabyte to find out that only the 2 purple sata slots support raid (Intel's don't). No Firewire support. Using a Core 2 cpu and the fan setup isn't easy or intuitive.
Excerpt: Das Mainboard macht an sich schon einen sehr guten Eindruck und ich habes es gekauft, weil ich die Sache mit der Onboard-Grafik gar nicht so schlecht finde (falls mal die Grafikkarte ausfällt). Auch die neuesten CPUs werden problemlos erkannt und mit dem RAM von MDT habe ich auch keine Probleme.